As HR professionals, there are ideas we know we should implement such as relevant initiatives, meaningful philosophies, and helpful strategies. There are trends we realize we need to be tracking and for which we need to plan, and yet some of these initiatives are easier said than done. There is a metaphor that applies to these difficulties: sticky wickets. The term comes from a sport played primarily during the summer. In fact, you may well be preparing to play it at your next barbeque: croquet.
Croquet is a relatively simple game. The course is small, consisting of only ten hoops through which balls are hit with lightweight mallets. The physical demands on the players are minimal and the rules easy to understand. On the surface, croquet appears an unintimidating activity designed for relaxation and pleasant camaraderie. Occasionally, however, the ground in and around a hoop is damp or soft, thereby slowing the ball, trapping it in a sticky or glue-like indention in the turf, instantly changing an easy path into a frustrating and difficult one.
This edition of HR Florida Review is dedicated to some of HR’s sticky wickets-- those issues we know that we should look into solving but where the execution can be messy. Our hope is you will get some great ideas for playing through your own sticky wickets!
J. Lenora Bresler, J.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR
J. Lenora Bresler is the founder of Bresler Training, LLC., dedicated to creating the best leaders, teams, and relationships on earth. A leadership and engagement speaker, author, trainer, and coach, she is the author of Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships and a past president of Mid-Florida SHRM. www.jlenorabresler.com.